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Tiger. Photo:  @Doug88888 via Flickr.com.

Restore large carnivores to save struggling ecosystems

William Ripple

10th January 2014

The key to keeping ecosystems in good health is to maintain or restore populations of large carnivores, argues William Ripple. Yet around the world, these vital species are on the decline. more...
Water apple growing in smallholder garden, Kerala, India. Photo: Magda Wojtyra via Flickr.com.

Changing the global food narrative

Jonathan Foley

1st January 2014

The dominant story about the future of the world food supply is logical, well known and widely disseminated, writes Jonathan Foley. It is also completely wrong. more...
The Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines have been declared free of all genetically modified orgaisms (GMOs). Photo: Agricmarketing at en.wikipedia.org.

Golden Rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Daniel Ocampo

28th December 2013

'Golden Rice' is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But Daniel Ocampo says it is for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! more...
Charles Windsor observes the consequences of eating GM foodstuffs. Photo: princeofwales.gov.uk

We must put a price on Nature

Charles Windsor

12th December 2013

If the world is to feed a growing population against a backdrop of climate change and biodiversity loss, argues Charles Windsor, we must put a cost on the damage we are causing to soils, water, climate and ecosystems. more...
Borneo Lumbung Mine near Maruwei:

Borneo's rainforest coal: City of London profit.

John Vidal writing for the Guardian

30 October 2013

The development of coal mines in East Kalimantan is having a huge impact on local and indigenous populations, destroying the forest and displacing communities. London banks and City financiers take the profit. more...

People or Polar Bears?

August 30th, 2013

Robin Maynard

Robin Maynard tells the Ecologist why he is trying to encourage environmental NGOs to have the courage to move beyond a politically correct stance on issues of population growth and really engage with the big questions...... more...

More than Honey

Alex Macbeth

Alex Macbeth reviews a film in which Oscar-nominated director Markus Imhoof tackles the vexing issue of why bee populations are plummeting worldwide...... more...

Ring Ouzels Thriving on Grouse Moors

By the Moorland Association

The Moorland Association reports that habitat management, predator control, and collaboration with ornithologists are factors that have been paramount in the resurgence of populations of the Ring Ouzel.... more...

UK government failing to protect population from potentially radioactive food

by Tim Deere-Jones

Tim Deere-Jones dissects the UK Government's system for monitoring doses of marine derived radioactivity in food and concludes that the current programme is deeply flawed. more...

Bird Strike: deaths caused by collisions with buildings severely dent populations

Mat 1st, 2013

by Ben Whitford

Ben Whitford reveals why numerous birds fall dead and injured from the skies over urban areas each year, and asks what can be done to prevent this ongoing avian tragedy. more...

What Price That Snakeskin Handbag?

Anna Taylor

8th January 2013

Anna Taylor reports on the highly lucrative illegal trade in Python skin which now threatens to overtake the tightly-controlled legal trade and warns if this happens, it will be catastrophic for the populations of these beautiful reptiles. more...

Why we all need to worry about the decline in native butterflies

Faye Dobson

2nd August, 2012

Butterfly populations are an important gauge of the health of local habitats and wider climate change. Faye Dobson explains what population changes mean, and how you can get involved in helping monitor them. more...

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Can rooftop honey production survive the current bee crisis

by St. Ermin’s Hotel staff, London

Just as urban bee-keeping gets trendy, London yields are reported to be at their lowest. So what can be done give our city-dwelling bee populations a much-needed boost? more...
population

Get a grip! Population growth impacts biodiversity

Jonathon Porritt

17th September, 2012

Tackling the population explosion is critical to avoiding environmental disaster
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Boat on dried out lakebed

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...
Beijing's polluted skies

Blue Skies or Little White Lies?

Olivia Boyd

11th July 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics, Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...
Beijing's polluted skies

Beijing's blue skies...or little white lies?

Olivia Boyd

6th July, 2012

Fed up with fudged statistics Beijing’s increasingly environmentally-aware population has forced its Government to come clean about air pollution in the city. more...
The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population

Mark Newton

19th April, 2012

Is population really the demographic time bomb it’s portrayed as? Author Vanessa Baird sifts through the evidence and comes up with some surprising answers, says Mark Newton more...
Bees

Six reasons to become an urban beekeeper

Zion Lights

19th April, 2012

Urban beekeeping will help boost the UK's declining bee population. Here are six reasons to get involved more...
Honey bees

TAKE ACTION: Support Friends of the Earth's National Bee Action Plan

Mark Briggs

11th April, 2012

In China, pear trees have had to be pollinated by hand after bees were wiped out by industrial farming. Now FOE have launched a petition to get the UK government to help halt the decline in Britain's own bee population more...
fish in a marine protected area

Do protected areas for wildlife really work?

Eifion Rees

11th April, 2012

Can national parks and marine protected areas safeguard endangered wildlife against the growing pressures of population growth and climate change? more...
Greenpeace

TAKE ACTION to stop Asia Pulp and Paper's logging in Indonesia's tiger rainforests

Priyanka Mogul

7th March, 2012

Greenpeace's undercover investigation accused Asia Pulp and Paper's of flouting the logging ban on ramin trees in Indonesia, threatening the remaining population of Sumatran tigers. Greenpeace calls on you to urge companies to boycott APP products more...
Stonehenge

Humanity has already had four major ecological collapses: how can we avoid a fifth?

Tom Levitt

27th February, 2012

Theologian Martin Palmer tells Tom Levitt how we can learn from previous man-made ecological collapses in Britain and create a 'new narrative' that challenges our dominant consumer culture more...
sable antelope

Sable shenanigans: how Zambia’s sable population is falling prey to unscrupulous traders

Ian Michler

15th February, 2012

In Zambia’s newest national park live more than 200 sable antelope. Coralled in conditions that are far from ideal, the animals have languished there for almost three years; the victims of bureaucracy, unscrupulous operators and a disregard for conservation. Ian Michler reports more...
The world

Population is 'our biggest challenge' says government chief scientist Sir John Beddington

Tom Levitt

14th February, 2012

The next world population milestone of 8 billion will come sooner than we think - perhaps as early as 2025 - yet we remain reluctant to debate the issue. A forthcoming Royal Society report may force us to more...

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